Rosemary Wels was born in Guyana, moving to the UK where her art and design training began with an Art Foundation course at Brighton. Subsequently she studied at Kingston upon Thames, achieving a DIP AD in Fine Art (Painting and Printmaking) and finishing with an ATD from Cardiff University.

She continued to produce work as well as lecture in Further Education until 2003 when she went freelance and focused on producing and exhibiting her work. She had mainly exhibited in the Midlands, entering most of the Opens and holding several solo shows, until participating in a group show in London in 2014.

She is a member of Leicester Print Workshop where recent prints by her featured in the Passion to Print exhibition held there and in two other locations.

She has most recently been involved in a collaboration with Meghan Gray, a university astronomer, which resulted in her making a multi discipline piece for the Pint of Science Festival at Nottingham Contemporary.



Duchamp, referred to Monet as a ‘retinal’ artist, by which he meant an artist who painted what he saw rather than ideas. Thinking about this made me realise that my recent work is decidedly ‘retinal’.

For some time I focussed on night based work, urban landscapes and motorway images. The fleeting quality of night led to other transient conditions such as condensation and the effect of rain on a transparent umbrella, as in ‘Fletcher Gate, Rain’, or a windscreen as in ‘Night (Rain) in King’s Cross’.

The work is about transience and the process of looking and seeing through layers. The aim is to present everyday experiences transformed by being realised in layers of paint. For many years I worked with printmaking and this now informs my work.





Seeing Through, Wallner Gallery, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Nottingham Lakeside Arts. 3rd August – 15th September 2019

Weather Works, Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery 2009

Drawing the Moon, Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery 2006


St Mary’s Church, Nottingham, Light Night, 23rd February 2018

Nottingham Contemporary, Pint of Science – Creative Reactions May 2017

Leicester Print Workshop, Passion to Print 2016

Brick Lane Gallery, ‘Seven’ October 2014

NSA Gallery, Night Light Exhibition March 2014

New Art Exchange, Opus Studio Group Exhibition August 2012

Tarpey Gallery, Midlands Open 2012

Castle Museum + Art Gallery Open, 2011, 2009, 2007

Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery, 6 Artist Printmakers (Curator) 2010

Thoresby Gallery Open, September 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 + April 2011

View at the Top Gallery,  Illustrators Show, 2008

Yard Gallery, Contemporary Artists, 2007, 2008

Derby Museum + Art Gallery Open, 2005, 2007

Djanogly Gallery: Contemporary Art Auction, 2007

Nottingham Contemporary Artists Festival Exhibition, Photographers Hub, 2006



2018, March – ‘From Van der Neer to Van Gogh, Paintings of Night’ – West Bridgford U3A.

2018, February – ‘RAVILIOUS & CO’ – Nottingham Society of Artists.



On going – Art & Art History Group, Nottingham. Starts September, Jan and April.

2005 – 2017 – Drawing with Confidence, a WEA course

2016 – Inspired by Leonardo – Drawing Workshop at Nottingham Castle Museum.

2010 – What is Contemporary Art? a WEA course.

2007 – Introduction to Printmaking.

2003 – 2008 – Moderator for Edexcel and freelance workshops.

1976 – 2003 – Lecturer in Art & Design at Clarendon / New College Nottingham.



Cardiff – Art Teachers Diploma

Kingston – Dip. A D Fine Art / Print (BA equivalent)

Brighton – Foundation in Art and Design



The work is generally large, mainly oil on canvas and is often undertaken in series including one four canvas installation.

Processes include drawing, original prints (mainly screen and woodcut) digital work and light boxes.

Limited edition archival prints are available of many of the works featured on the website.



Please contact for any information about exhibitions, tuition or commissions.


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